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starbase1
06-09-2008, 09:03 AM
Somewhat to my surprise I have hit problems using Norton Partition Magic, which failed to merge two NTSFS partitions, (but vanished one of them) and is now refusing to run even after a reinstall due to a 'sector error'...

I've looked at a couple of demo versions of other stuff, but have not been impressed so far, (one found an impressive 128 partitions, but refused to restore any until I detangled the dependencies it thought it had found!)

So what do other people use for this kind of stuff? Any recommendations for something rock solid that doesn't require deep knowledge to use safely?

And while I am at it, I have accumulated an awful lot of duplicate files as I copy stuff around. (Not least huge amounts of duplicate Lightwave supplied content, every time I move up a version!)

Again, I have found stuff that makes big unweildy lists, but nothing that strikes me as elegant. Recommendations gratefully received here too!

Cheers, Nick

Jim_C
06-09-2008, 09:23 AM
Norton Partition Magic has always worked for me so that's the only thing I have ever used.
But for finding duplicates I use this one:
http://www.ashisoft.com/
Duplicate Finder by Ashisoft
Seems to have always done what I needed it to do...

Pomfried
06-09-2008, 09:26 AM
One free alternative to Partition Magic is "qtparted". It supports basically every filesystem, those from linux and those used in windows.
It's included in the free boot disc known as SystemRescueCd: http://www.sysresccd.org

Maybe you should give it a try :) When I used it, it worked pretty fine. Never had any problems partitioning with it, but I don't know how well it will work restoring your old partitions.

starbase1
06-09-2008, 10:09 AM
Norton Partition Magic has always worked for me so that's the only thing I have ever used.


That's what I would have said, right up to yesterday lunchtime!

Lito
06-09-2008, 10:25 AM
I use Acronis Disk Director suite from here: http://www.acronis.com/

mattclary
06-09-2008, 12:05 PM
One free alternative to Partition Magic is "qtparted". It supports basically every filesystem, those from linux and those used in windows.


Actually, "gparted", not "qtparted" unless they have given it their own name...


http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Pomfried
06-09-2008, 12:21 PM
Actually, "gparted", not "qtparted" unless they have given it their own name...


http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Guess both are included: http://qtparted.sourceforge.net/links.en.html
qtparted is a frontend for gparted from what I can tell :)
Anyway, nice free program. That's all that matters, eh? :thumbsup:

oracl3
06-09-2008, 12:54 PM
Norton Partition Magic has always worked for me so that's the only thing I have ever used.
But for finding duplicates I use this one:
http://www.ashisoft.com/
Duplicate Finder by Ashisoft
Seems to have always done what I needed it to do...

Thank you Jim!

Duplicate Finder is very helpful for me!

i have recovered 300 gb of data by using duplicate file remover (http://www.ashisoft.com/df.htm)

Steamthrower
06-09-2008, 01:04 PM
Spam, spam, spam, spam...reported.

starbase1
06-09-2008, 03:38 PM
Norton Partition Magic has always worked for me so that's the only thing I have ever used.
But for finding duplicates I use this one:
http://www.ashisoft.com/
Duplicate Finder by Ashisoft
Seems to have always done what I needed it to do...

I gave the demo version a go, and it does seem to work quite well.

But it sure is ugly - it's been a long time since I saw something looking that much like a Windows 3.1 VB application!

Nick

Jim_C
06-09-2008, 04:03 PM
But it sure is ugly - it's been a long time since I saw something looking that much like a Windows 3.1 VB application!

Haha.. Yea .. no doubt, sure does.

It has, however saved my hide a few times from manually matching hundreds of dupes..



Spam, spam, spam, spam...reported.

Very odd. You think an extremely on top of it webmaster at ashisoft saw that I linked from this forum to their homepage and then came here to back my claim?

starbase1
06-09-2008, 04:35 PM
Very odd. You think an extremely on top of it webmaster at ashisoft saw that I linked from this forum to their homepage and then came here to back my claim?

Someone in the product has a regular google search I'd guess. (Try a 'what links to me' type search, its easy. I do it periodically to catch people hot linking to my images. So far I have resisted the urge to replace any so linked with certain Danish cartoons...).

:devil::devil::devil:

Perhaps this chap works in much the same way that mentioning the loading of very large images into Lightwave generally has Lightwolf join the thread to propose infinimap in short order!

:devil::devil::devil:

Nick

starbase1
06-10-2008, 02:07 AM
Tried GTPARTED, it seems to be lack recovery type functions, (unless I am missing somerthing).

starbase1
06-10-2008, 04:06 PM
OK, for some reason I don't understand, Partition Magic has come to life again. I can see the missing partition, which it reports as deleted, but when I click the undelete it says the partition is unrecoverable.

As this is the prog that sucked things up in the first place, I'm guessing that it's completely biggered, (as my spelling checker insists).

Is there anything else worth trying, or do I give up at this point?

Nick

Lito
06-10-2008, 11:05 PM
There is a program I have never tried that is suppose to help in situations like this called GetDataBack from here: http://www.runtime.org/

You can download the trial version and it will run and tell you what it can recover from your system. If you want to you can go to the website and buy a license.

starbase1
06-11-2008, 05:26 AM
There is a program I have never tried that is suppose to help in situations like this called GetDataBack from here: http://www.runtime.org/

You can download the trial version and it will run and tell you what it can recover from your system. If you want to you can go to the website and buy a license.

Thanks - the daft thing is I think I bought a copy of one of those programs a couple of years ago, and it did a good job! I'll have to dig it out and see what it can come up with.

Nick

starbase1
06-12-2008, 02:44 AM
Just so others know, the getdataback worked - it did take a couple of hours to scan the partition, and did not find everything, but it did do better than any of the others.

Nice and easy to use too.